District Court’s to hear lawsuit filed over democratic nominee replacement

This April 22, 2013 file photo shows Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach jumped into a lawsuit filed by an unhappy Kansas voter seeking to force Kansas Democrats to name nominee to the November 4th general election ballot.

A petition filed by Dave Orel, of Kansas City, is demanding democrats appoint a nominee to replace Chad Taylor, who dropped out of the race earlier this month.

“The law is the law here and it doesn’t matter whether it is a republican or democrat or senator or state representative, the law requires that they name a replacement,” said Kris Kobach, Secretary of State.

This lawsuit comes after the Kansas Supreme Court rejected Kobach’s decision to keep Taylor’s name on the ballot.

Kobach first refused to remove Taylor’s name, saying that the letter that Taylor sent to Kobach’s office was not sufficient under state law.

The secretary of state filed a motion for the court to intervene and expedite the process of a democrats name being added to the ballots by October 1st .

“The election season is upon us and the law requires, doesn’t state ‘may’ but states ‘shall’ that the democratic party must at this point name a replacement so that a full ballot is available,” said Kobach.

Democratic Party Chair, Joan Wagnon, suggests that the party has no intention of choosing a replacement and that “Kobach has proven he cannot be trusted to fairly enforce the law… So long as Kris Kobach is Kansas Secretary of State democracy is threatened.”

With Taylor out, and a replacement not named, a republican senate seat that was once considered safe is now in question.

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